Gary Long


BISD to name Castro’s replacement

The Brownsville Independent School District Board of Trustees will convene a special called board meeting on Friday to appoint a new board member to fill the vacancy created when former trustee Erasmo Castro resigned. Castro resigned “effectively immediately” in a letter to the district delivered Jan 10. At its Jan. 14 meeting the board accepted the resignation by unanimous vote. The appointment appears to be aimed at addressing concerns Castro could continue to serve in a “holdover” capacity until a successor is appointed or an election held for his former Place 2 seat on the board. Board attorney Baltazar Salazar said the person appointed Friday would serve until November, when an election would be held for the remaining two years of Castro’s term. The terms of board members Sylvia Atkinson, Philip Cowen, Minerva Peña and Laura Perez-Reyes are up for election in November and the remainder of Castro’s term would be added to the list. Read the full story at

Santa answers questions about the big job

Nevitt Ray Hargett never gets tired of being Santa Claus, a role he has played at malls from here to College Station since 2006 and is currently reprising at Sunrise Mall in Brownsville. “I’m telling you. I don’t need a million dollars to be happy,” Hargett said between visitors on a recent weekday afternoon in Brownsville. “Just seeing the smile on one child’s face and my day’s complete.” Hargett answered questions about the queries he gets from the children who sit on his lap. A big one was this: How do you visit all those houses? The answer was simple: “I have helpers.” Read the full story at

UTRGV police, partners conduct active-shooter drill

Shots rang out twice Wednesday morning on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus here, sparking a coordinated response from the UTRGV Police Department and its law enforcement partners across the city. Only a few of the dozens of officers who converged on the student union and surrounding area just after 10 a.m. knew exactly the script that events would follow over the ensuing minutes, but everyone, including the students who volunteered, knew it was a Full Scale Emergency Preparedness Drill to test their readiness should the event have turned out to be real, UTRGV Police Chief Raul Munguia said afterward. Read the full story at

Three UTRGV students design winning holiday cards

Some holiday cards carry a little extra meaning during Christmas. In fact, for designing cards, three University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students in Brownsville won scholarships with cash awards in the 2019 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President’s Holiday Card Contest. UTRGV President Guy Bailey presented the winners at a reception Thursday afternoon at the Student Union on the Brownsville campus. He delayed the presentation, waiting for UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken to arrive. Read the full story at

Students learn, earn on school’s beverage truck

By all accounts, Tuesday was a perfect day for hot chocolate. With temperatures hovering in the 40s the Falcon Express beverage truck was on hand at Los Fresnos High School selling the cold-weather favorite among its other offerings to students, faculty and staff before school and during lunch. New this year, the Falcon Express is paired with three Career and Technical Education courses for special education students that teach skills applicable to the food service industry. One aim is that after graduation they will be able to secure employment at restaurants and other food service industry businesses. Read the full story at

Dance enthusiast to open local Fred Astaire studio

Rebecca Rendon, who started the Red Hot ballroom dancing program that proved so successful for the Brownsville Independent School District, will open her own...

Trip to Galveston ends tragically for Brownsville family

Both parents in one Brownsville family and the father and two children in another died in a head-on crash over the weekend on Highway...

Into the wild

BROWNSVILLE — Four barn owls and four great horned owls returned to the wild, thanks to the efforts of veterinary staff at the Gladys...

Edinburg superintendent Gutiérrez named lone finalist for Brownsville ISD post

BROWNSVILLE — The Brownsville Independent School District on Thursday officially named René Gutiérrez, the superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District since 2009,...

Edinburg super lone finalist for Brownsville ISD

The Brownsville Independent School District is poised to name Rene Gutierrez, the superintendent of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District since 2009, the lone...